Telecommunications commissioner appointed

Douglas Webb has been appointed as New Zealand's first telecommunications commissioner.

Douglas Webb has been appointed as New Zealand's first telecommunications commissioner.

Webb, an expatriate New Zealander currently living in the US, will take up the newly-appointed post in March next year.

"Douglas Webb has excellent credentials to lead the implementation of the new regulatory regime," says minister of communications Paul Swain.

Webb has a long experience in the regulatory world – his current job is as managing counsel with the World Bank.

"[Webb has] regulatory and public policy experience at the World Bank designing legal structures and determining appropriate regulatory systems for a range of countries."

Webb's CV includes a three-year stint with the Asian Development Bank as well as 16 years as a partner with law firm Rudd Watts and Stone.

Webb is no stranger to the New Zealand telecommunications environment either -- in his time at Rudd Watts and Stone he represented Clear in negotiations with Telecom that lead to the first interconnection agreement.

"He will be well suited to making determinations through the use of a rigorous legal framework. He also brings extensive management and financial experience from the World Bank where he supervises over 160 staff and is responsible for the related budgetary and personnel issues," says Swain.

Webb will serve a five-year term as commissioner and will be based at the Commerce Commission in Wellington.

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